Ty Dunham pitches early Friday night. He worked six innings, left the game with in the lead but did not earn a decision.
Photo by M. Scott Moon
The start of the Peninsula Oilers' 2005 season was delayed briefly by rain, but for the nearly 800 fans that turned out for the event, the home team didn't disappoint, defeating the visiting Stockton, Calif., Senators 4-3 Friday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.
The Oilers completed their two-game series with the Senators Saturday, surging to an 8-3 win.
The Oilers will face the American Legion Twins in an exhibition game today at 2 p.m. at Seymour Park.
"It was a surprising start," said the Oilers' Jake Kahaulelio after going 4-for-5 at the plate with a double, a triple, a run scored and a pair of runs driven in.
Peninsula Oilers second baseman Jake Kahaulelio makes a catch in the third inning in front of teammate David Newby.
Photo by M. Scott Moon
"I hadn't hit with a wooden bat in a game, just in batting practice, and seeing live pitching for the first time in a couple of weeks, I thought I would be rusty. I guess not," Kahaulelio said.
Indeed, Kahaulelio notched the first hit of the season for the Oilers leading off the bottom of the first inning, then drove in the first Oilers runs of the season in the bottom of the second inning with a double to left field.
Daniel Inouye, who drew a walk to lead off the frame, and Dave Pelegrine who reached after being hit by a pitch, scored on Kahaulelio's drive after advancing on a single by Willie Castillo.
Castillo later scored on a sacrifice fly by David Newby.
Oilers starting pitcher Ty Dunham pitched well in tough conditions, working through the rain showers that returned in the early innings and getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth inning with a pair of strikeouts and a groundout.
Dunham finished with seven strikeouts and three walks and gave up just one run, unearned, in the fourth inning.
"Ty Dunham pitched great. He really competed, so that was encouraging," said Oilers head coach Mike Coutts.
The Senators were able to take advantage of a miscue in the field to tie the game in the seventh inning, but the Oilers regained their lead in the bottom of the frame when Kahaulelio led off with a triple to the wall in right-center field. Kahaulelio scored on a smash to third by Jared McGuire.
Oilers reliever Jesse Jordan retired the Senators in order in the eighth and earned the win, and Chase Christianson pitched a one-two-three ninth for the save.
Kahaulelio said the team hand started bonding over the course of the past week, leading to a nice team atmosphere as they start playing games every day.
"We hit it off pretty good. We've been hanging out with each other and getting to know each other. It makes it easier to play," Kahaulelio said.
"Now that we've been here a couple of days, I'm feeling comfortable with all of these guys."
The Oilers kept rolling in Saturday's game, helping starter Ty Davis pick up his first win as an Oiler.
The Oilers trailed twice in the game, but David Newby scampered home from third on a wild pitch and Matt Inouye hit an RBI single in the bottom of the third inning to give the Peninsula team a 2-1 lead.
Stockton scored two runs on two hits in the top of the fifth inning, but the Oilers again responded in the bottom of the frame, scoring runs on a groundout by McGuire and a single to center by Nick Kliebert.
The Oilers got some insurance in the seventh when Inouye hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded to drive in a run.
The Oilers added three more runs in the eighth on a two-run double off the wall by McGuire and an RBI single by Inouye.
Davis worked six innings for the win, striking out nine while giving up three runs, two earned, on three hits and two walks.
Matt Meyer pitched an inning of scoreless relief, and Christianson made his second appearance of the season, throwing the eighth and ninth innings.
OILERS 4, SENATORS 3
Senators ab r h bi Oilers ab r h bi
Gavello rf 5 1 2 0 Kahlelio ss 5 1 4 2
Bassi lf 3 0 1 0 DNewby cf 3 0 0 1
Smith 1b 4 0 0 0 McGuire 3b 1 0 1 1
Percessi 3b 3 1 1 0 Kliebert rf 3 0 1 0
Delappe dh 3 0 0 0 ENewby 2b 4 0 0 0
Farmer rf 4 0 0 0 Inouye c 3 1 0 0
Flores c 3 0 0 0 Pellgrin 1b 3 1 1 0
Bruno ss 4 0 0 0 Rider lf 3 0 0 0
Miguel 2b 4 1 2 0 Castillo dh 4 1 1 0
Totals 33 3 6 0 Totals 29 4 8 4
Stockton 000 100 200 3
Peninsula 030 000 10x 4
E Percessi, McGuire, Dunham, Inouye, E. Newby. LOB Senators 4, Oilers 8. DP Senators 1, Oilers 1. SB Miguel, McGuire. CS Bassi, Kahaulelio. 2B Kahaulelio, Pellegrine. 3B Kahaulelio. S Delappe. SF D. Newby.
IP H R ER BB SO
Lopez, L 6 1-3 6 4 4 3 1
Hanslovan 2-3 1 0 0 1 0
Lott 1 1 0 0 0 0
Dunham 6 4 1 0 3 7
Jordan, W (1-0) 2 3 2 0 0 1
Christian, Sv (1) 1 0 0 0 0 0
WP Lopez. HBP by Lopez (Pellegrine, McGuire), by Lott (Rider).
OILERS 8, SENATORS 3
Stockton 001 020 000 3 4 2
Peninsula 002 020 13x 8 7 1
Pinasco, Harbottle (6), Guttierrez (7) and MyKing; Davis, Meyer (7), Christianson (8) and Inouye. W Davis. L Pinasco. 2B Oilers, McGuire.
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